Skip Barber Formula Dodge Race Series -- 1996 Western Championship Wrap-up
Derek Hill , the 21 year old son of America's first Formula One champion, Phil Hill, fought off three of his closest rivals to win the 1995/96 Skip Barber Formula Dodge Western Series title April 21 at Sears Point Raceway (Sonoma CA). Hill's 10 wins and 215 points were enough to nip the 202 tallies and 8 victories of another 21 years old, Jon Fogarty, of Davis CA.
More than 142 different competitors scored points in the series, which ran from September to April with races at Sears Point, Thunderhill Park, Willow Springs, Las Vegas Speedrome and Phoenix International Raceway
Hill, from Santa Monica CA, clinched the title in Saturday's race when he, Fogarty, Austin Cameron and Aaron Burns staged a very close and ferociously fought 20 minute race, ultimately won by Hill. Father Phil, in Arizona competing in a vintage event, heard a live "play-by-play" account of the last five laps from his daughter Vanessa, who called the action in from a payphone near Sears Point's final corner.
The champions from each of the four regional Skip Barber Formula Dodge championships are invited to the annual "Big Scholarship" Run-Off, but the scholarship rules also prohibit drivers with more than three Barber Dodge Pro Series starts from contending, so Derek, who'll run the entire 12 race 1996 Barber Dodge Pro Series schedule, won't be eligible.
For more information contact Skip Barber Racing at 860 435-1300 (Eastern US) or 707 939-8000 (Western US) or email SPEED@SKIPBARBER.COM